1 Dapplegray Times DAPPLEGRAY HOME OF THE COLTS Volume 1, Issue 3 March 1, 2007 Third Graders Meet Junie B. Jones he Third Grade classes T at Dapplegray went to see the play Junie B. Jones at the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College on February 22nd. The play was put on by TheatreworksUSA. The play is a musical with a lot of funny songs and dancing. It is based on a lot of different Junie B. Jones books written by Barbara Parks. My favorite part was when Junie sung about her top secret personal beeswax, which is what she calls her journal. Whale of a Day on March 3 he annual Pacific Gray T Whale migration has now begun to pass by the Palos Verde Peninsula. Every year the incredible migration starts at the whales summer feeding grounds in the seas of Alaska. The journey continues approximately 5000 miles and ends at the winter breeding and calving grounds off of Baja California. Migration viewing takes place from December through April along the Here are some of the other third graders comments: Reina K. said that the play was so amazing. Jamie P. said that it was really interesting how people could act like the characters in the book. Sianna B., Shannon G., Deana C., and Sabrina F. thought the play was very funny. After the play, the third graders went to a park for an hour. Kids ate their lunch California South Bay coastline. Festival Fun Whale of a Day is an annual festival that celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale and is free to the public. There are many family activities and games like chalk drawings, face there and played on the grass and play equipment. It was a great day! Tessa S. panting, arts & crafts, storytelling all at no charge. There are also exhibits, food vendors, and a raffle drawing. Be sure to visit Whale of a Day on Saturday, March 3rd, at Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Palos Verdes Drive West in Rancho Palos Verdes. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall located at Hawthorne Blvd. See you there! Cassidy B. and Alana B. Page 1 NEWS FLASH... THE WINNERS OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTION ARE: PRESIDENT: TAYLOR W. VICE PRESIDENT: KATY B. TREASURER: PAIGE A. SECRETARY: JOSHUA H. Inside this issue: JUNIE B. JONES 1 WHALE OF A DAY 1 ALL STAR WEEKEND 2 PET S CORNER 2 TRAVEL TIPS 3 WORLD S SMALLEST 3 DEAR TESSA 3 DREAM CUPCAKES 4 BMX BICYCLE SHOW 4 BOOK REVIEW 4 INTERESTING FACTS 5 AAYF 5 PINEWOOD DERBY 5 CLUB PENGUIN 6 CHINESE NEW YEAR 6 CA SCIENCE CENTER 7 YELLOW RIBBON WEEK 7 COMICS 7
2 TO CATCH THE R EADER'S ATTENTION, P LACE AN INTER ESTING SENTENCE OR QUOTE FROM THE STORY HERE. Dapplegray Times All Star Weekend in Las Vegas he NBA All Star Weekend was held February T in Las Vegas. In addition to the All Star Game, there were also individual and team contests called Challenges. The Challenges The Challenges were very exciting and kept people on the edge of their seats. David Lee (not the technology editor) won the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. The Detroit team won the Haier Shooting Stars Challenge with the Pistons Chauncey Billups, the Shock s Swin Cash, and ex- Piston Bill Laimbeer. Dwayne Wade defeated Kobe Bryant and won the Playstation Skill Challenge along with a Playstation 3. The winner of the 3-point shoot out was Jason Kapono, tying the record for most 3- pointers in the competition; 24. The final challenge was the Dunk Challenge. Gerald Green won that challenge by dunking an off the sidebackboard, jumping over [the real] Nate Robinson, last year s defending Dunk Challenge Winner, and Gerald s final dunk was jumping over a table and doing a windmill into the basket. The challenges were spectacular. The All Star Game At the All Star Game the showboating was a hit with windmill dunks to off the glass alley-oops. The West won with a huge score of If the West had scored 3 more points then they would ve broken the record of most points in an All Star Game. The record was 155 points in an All Star Game. Kobe Bryant was named the Most Valuable Player of the All Star Game with 31 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 6 steals Brodie V. Pet s Corner Beware of Chocolate t s just a few days past I Valentine s Day, and I have a stock of candy. Most of it is chocolate. I love chocolate! You may remember that I have two dogs named Gracie and Abner Jack. Whatever I eat, they seem to want to eat too. They look up at me with their big puppy eyes and seem to wish whatever I am eating into their mouths. They really beg for chocolate. Chocolate Can Be Bad Dogs have good senses of smell, and chocolate has a big smell. Did you know that chocolate has a chemical in it called theobromine? Theobromine is like caffeine and gives people energy. Humans can digest theobromine easily. It even makes some people happy. Page 2 I have always heard that chocolate is bad for dogs. Turns out that theobromine can make dogs really sick. In fact, it can even kill a dog if they eat too much of it. The smaller the dog, the easier it is for them to get sick. Also, the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it has in it. So generally speaking, if your 80-pound dog eats one bite of milk chocolate, chances are they will just lick you and be happy. But if your little 10-pound dog eats even one square of baker s chocolate, your dog could become very ill. Is Your Pet Ill? If your dog has eaten chocolate, and you think your dog might be sick, the first thing to do is call the vet. The vet can help figure out the best way to help your dog. If your dog has any of these signs, chances are they are suffering from chocolate toxicity: nervousness, excitability, increased heart rate, irritability, muscle tremors, vomiting, diarrhea, increased urination. Even though this article is talking about dogs, cats and other animals can get sick from chocolate too. It happens most often in dogs, because dogs beg for food. Good Treats So, the next time you are having a piece of chocolate, and your dog is doing his best beg, give your dog a treat that is good for him or her instead. Try carrots, bananas, broccoli, or Gracie and Abner Jack s favorite, Old Mother Hubbard s Dog Treats. Keep the chocolate for yourself! Kathleen H.
3 A R OO M WITHOUT BOOKS IS LIKE A BODY WITHOUT A SOUL Volume 1, Issue 3 Travel Tips I hope everybody had two nice long weekends this month, and hopefully no one was stranded at the borders of Mexico or Canada. New travel laws As you might already know, starting January 23, 2007, travelers need a passport to enter the US by air from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and most of the Caribbean. Yes, that is why it is important to have a valid passport nowadays. This new rule applies only to air travel for now. Starting January 1, 2008, land and sea travelers will also need a valid passport to enter the US. How to get a passport In reality, it is really easy to get a passport. You can always start by picking up an application at your post office. After filling the forms, you can submit it at the designated post office, libraries and other government offices. If you are in a hurry, you may submit your form, along with a confirmed airline ticket proving you are leaving the States within 14 days, to the Los Angeles Passport Agency which located at the Federal Building on Wilshire. You will be able to pick up your new passport the very next day. It s quite efficient. So, remember, when you and your family are planning the next trip, remind your parents about the passport rule, so you won t get stranded. Well, until next time, travel safely! Dragon S. World s smallest things he world's smallest lizard T has been discovered on a tiny Caribbean island named Beata off the coast of the Dominican Republic. The newly discovered species not only ranks as the smallest lizard, but it also is the smallest of all 23,000 species of reptiles, birds, and mammals, according to a paper to be published in the December issue of the Caribbean Journal of Science by Blair Hedges, an evolutionary biologist at Penn State, and Richard Thomas, a biologist at the University of Puerto Rico. This lizard is so small it can curl up on a dime or stretch out on a quarter. A typical adult of the species, whose scientific name is "Sphaerodactylus ariasae," is only about 16 millimeters long, or about three quarters of an inch, from the tip of the snout to the base of the tail. You ll want to be sure to watch your step if you ever visit the island of Beata! Elisabeth D. Dear Tessa Dear Tessa: I don't understand why I have more chores than my sister just because I always finish my homework before her. Sometimes, I even have to do her share! Do you think it's fair? Servant Sister sponsibility. If you re not older, your sister may need more help with her homework. Tessa Dear Tessa: I love to read but I am a terrible speller. What should I do? How can I improve on my spelling skills? Teribel Spela Dear Terrible Speller: You could look in a dictionary Dear Servant Sister: Are you older? Sometimes parents give the older ones more chores, because they need more rewhen you don t know a word. Also you could try to memorize the words you read in books. Reading a lot helps your spelling, so it s good you love to read. If you have a computer, you can use spell check to help you get the spelling right. Tessa Contact Tessa in Ct. 22 or at Page 3
4 TO CATCH THE R EADER'S ATTENTION, P LACE AN INTER ESTING SENTENCE OR QUOTE FROM THE STORY HERE. Dapplegray Times Dream Cupcakes These cupcakes are so delicious that you ll wonder if you re dreaming! Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups of peanut butter 2/3 cup of light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour Toppings: 5 strawberries (washed, sliced) 4 tablespoons of Nutella Handful of small marshmallows 25 chocolate kisses Granola bar of your choice Preheat oven to 350. Mix the brown sugar and peanut butter with a mixer until blended. Add the egg and vanilla. Blend in the flour. Place mixture into a mini cupcake pan. Bake for 12 minutes. While the cupcakes are cooking, place a handful of marshmallows in a bowl. Add the Nutella, crushed chocolate kisses, and crushed granola bar and mix gently together! When the cupcakes are cooled slightly, make a well in the middle and add a spoonful of the crunchy mixture in each. Wait till it is hard! Finally, place sliced strawberries into a colorful serving dish. Add cupcakes and sprinkle with some icing sugar. You are ready to serve. Delicious with a scoop of your favorite ice cream and a dollop of cream! ENJOY!!! Kayla C. and Megan R. BMX Bicycle Show at Dapplegray S mith s Cycle of Lomita treated Dapplegray students to a BMX Bicycle extravaganza on Friday, February 23rd. The entire school was invited to the performance. Professional cyclists performed stunts galore, both on the ground and using ramps. Tessa S. said that a lot of third graders thought that the best part was the back flip. Francesca P. thought the show was cool. David L. said that it was great, because it had a lot of stunts. Brodie V. said the show was alright, but Ashley T., Cameron S., and Tim C. all thought that it was a very good show. Brian B. said that it was AWESOME. Remember, don t try these stunts at home! Luke S. Book Review: Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover s Soul ello Dapplegray readers, I m here to tell you H the latest books to be read! The book I m reviewing this issue is Chicken Soup For the Dog Lover s Soul. This book is my favorite in the Chicken Soup For the Soul series. Favorite Picks Here are some stories in the Page 4 book that touched my heart: The Duck and the Doberman, Now and Always, Jethro s World, and Bubba s Last Stand. One beautiful poem I found in that book was A black and white border collie came to our house to stay, her smile brushed life s cobwebs away. A funny story I really liked was, You Have No Messages. The dog in this story knew how to pick messages up from the answering machine. I think this is an excellent book, and truly all Chicken Soups in the series are great. Happy reading! Christiana S.
5 TO CATCH THE R EADER'S ATTENTIO N, P LACE AN INTER ESTING S ENTENCE OR QUOTE FROM THE STORY HERE. Volume 1, Issue 3 Interesting Facts Did you know. Almost is the longest, commonly used word in the English language with its letters in alphabetical order. 1,525,000,000 miles of phone wire are strung across America. 11% of the world is lefthanded. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654, % of a human s bones is in its feet. 27% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon. Four tablespoons of ketchup has about the same nutrition as one ripe tomato. 40% of McDonald s profits comes from Happy Meals. 52% of Americans drinks coffee. 80% of the animals on earth are insects. 84% of a raw apple is water. A bat is the only mammal that flies. A beaver s teeth never stop growing. A dragonfly lives only 24 hours. A hippo can run faster than a man. A humming bird weighs less than a penny. Learn more unique facts at Nina Rene G. Art at Your Fingertips: Fantasy Voyage ello Dapplegray Colts! H We had another fun Art at Your Fingertips project last month. Our February AAYF project was called, Fantasy Voyage and was based on the art of James Christensen, a living artist from Los Angeles. Art at Your Fingertips are projects of imagination. The recent project was to have a person on a boat with an animal and with a creative background. My project is the picture to the left. The projects were created with watercolor and colored pencils. But, first, the student artists drew lightly with pencil in case they made mistakes. This was one of my favorite AAYF projects, although all of the project have been very good. Now, the question is, What will we do next time? Tessa S. Dapplegray Comments: Tim C. and Sayuri B. thought that this AAYF project was a good one, and Brian B. said that it was awesome. Nicholas D. and Kyle G. thought the AAYF project was okay, but Morgan M. thought it was fun. Ms. Dunn said, I love it! Pinewood Derby at Dapplegray ub Scout Pack 166, C comprised of boys from Dapplegray Elementary School, Country Day and Peninsula Heritage, held their annual Pinewood Derby at Dapplegray on February 24. Over fifty cub scouts participated in the race. The winners were Dapplegray stu- dents Jeremy J. (first place), Cameron F. (second place), and Tyler B. (third place). The cars of the first three winners were clocked at over 200 miles per hour. Pinewood Derby cars are carved out of blocks of wood. The cubs scouts then sanded them, painted them, and decorated them. The track is a straight track that starts off on an incline. The incline gives the cars speed, and they use gravity to race. Three cars race at a time. This year, the Pinewood Derby used electronic timers that timed down to 100th second. Luke S. Page 5
6 Dapplegray Times Club Penguin lub Penguin is a multiplayer popular online C game for kids (as some of you know). You are a cartoon penguin chatting to others, buying clothes (if you re a member), or playing mini games in this world. You may also sometimes get FREE items. Club Penguin began in October 24, 2005 and has grown quickly since then. This site turned into a large online city. Pets: Puffles Everyone has an igloo for a home. There s no point for a home unless you have puffles. Puffles are puffy creatures that are like pets to penguins. When you get one, you can name it, and then it appears in your home. There are only two puffles you can have if you re not a member. Penguins: Secret Agents Secret Agents are penguins that snoop around Club Penguin. They look around Club Penguin for penguins that are saying bad words and report them to keep Club Penguin a safe online game. However, make sure you have your parents permission before you play Club Penguin. David L. Chinese New Year Traditions ung Hay Fat Choy! G Happy Chinese New Year! Yes, February 18, 2007 kicks off the Year of the Boar. Actually, Chinese New Year is similar to the Western one, filled with traditions and rituals which are observed carefully in everything from food to clothing. I would like to share some do s and don ts about Chinese New Year with you. DO Wear red new clothes to bring a sunny and bright future; Greet guests with sweet treats to bring a sweet beginning; Open all the doors and windows on Chinese New Year s eve to allow the old year to go out at midnight; Eat fish which represents surplus; Forgive and forget grudges, let bygones be bygones; Give lucky money to children and unmarried friends for good fortune. DON T Wear black or white which are associated with mourning; Use foul language or the number four which rhymes with death; Wash your hair on Chinese New Year s day - that would wash away good luck; Use scissors or knives, as this may cut off good fortune; Break anything because it will bring bad luck for the next 365 days. Whether you observe these traditions or not, just remember that the underlying message of Chinese New Year is to bring the whole family together to celebrate peace and happiness. I wish you all a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year! Diamond Naga S. Page 6
7 Volume 1, Issue 3 Star Wars at the California Science Center he California Science T Museum currently is hosting a special exhibit called Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination until April 29th. If you get a chance, you should go see it. It is the first exhibit of its kind that combines costumes and props from all six Star Wars films with real-world technologies, video interviews with filmmakers, scientists and engineers, and two large Engineering Design Labs, where visitors can build and test speeders and robots. Girl Scout Troop 115 (made up of girls from Dapplegray and Peninsula Heritage) were lucky to go on an overnight girl scout program at the Science Center with over 300 other girls scouts and their families. They were also visited by characters from the Star Wars movie! Millennium Falcon The girl scouts were able to experience a full-size cockpit replica of Episode IV's Millennium Falcon! The girls watched a 5 minute long multimedia presentation featuring imagery from the Hubble space telescope that explores what we know about our own galaxy in a breathtaking journey to the edge of the Universe. Destiny in Space The girl scouts were also treated to an IMAX movie, Destiny in Space. The movie gave details about an astronaut s life in space and what the possibilities are for finding life on other planets. Visitor Information Right now, during regular hours, there is a 15 minute wait for members and up to 2.5 hours for the general public because of the popularity of the Star Wars exhibit. For more information, go to center.org. Tessa S. and Luke S. Some of the Troop 115 members attending the California Science Center overnight Be Kind, Be Cool ellow Ribbon Week is Y February 26 to March 2nd. This is our week to be nice to each other. The character traits in Yellow Ribbon Week are: Citizenship. Be a good citizen; obey school rules.responsibility. Do what we say we are going to do; do what is right. Trustworthiness. Be dependable. Keep our word. Respect. Treat others as you want to be treated. Caring. Help and forgive others. Fairness. Take turns and share. Give everyone a chance. Comics Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most. Mark Twain By Nicholas D. and David L. Page 7
8 DAPPLEGRAY TIMES March 1, 2007 DAPPLEGRAY HOME OF THE COLTS March 2007 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 Yellow Ribbon Week 2 Character Walk Booster Club event PTA meeting AAYF Ruby s Day 16 AAYF AAYF Multi Cultural Wk- 20 AAYF Am. Rev. Walk 27 Multi Cultural Wk-China 21 AAYF 22 Min Day 28 Multi Cultural Wk-China 29 Multi Cultural Wk-China Min Day 31 DAPPLEGRAY TIMES EDITORIAL STAFF To submit articles ( words) contact Luke S. at or at Court 28 Visit us at Editor-in Chief Luke S. Sports Editor Brodie V. Advice Editor and Photographer Tessa S. Tech Editor David L. Pet Care Editor Kathleen H. Entertainment Editor Taylor W. Style Editor Megan R. Science Editor Elisabeth D. Book Review Editor Christiana S. Travel Editor Dragon S. Art Editor Lauren F. Games Editor Hannah K. Page 8